A tour bus headed to the Masters golf tournament flipped over on a Georgia interstate Thursday, injuring at least a dozen people and snarling traffic. The bus driver has been charged with DUI. (April 5)
A charter bus traveling to the Masters crashed on a Georgia highway Thursday and left several people injured, the Georgia State Patrol confirmed in a written statement to USA TODAY Sports.
The patrol’s public information office wrote in an email that the bus drove off the side of the road on Interstate 20 before 9 a.m. Thursday, about 18 miles west of Augusta National Golf Club. The bus flipped in the median when the driver overcorrected.
State patrol said 18 people were aboard and “several of the passengers” were taken to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The CBS affiliate in Augusta, Ga., reported that 16 of the 18 passengers had been hospitalized as a result of the crash, as of early Thursday afternoon.
The driver of the bus, 61-year-old Steven Hoppenbrouwer, has been charged with driving under the influence and failure to maintain lane, according to Georgia State Patrol, which added that the report on the incident has not yet been completed.